The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Elizabeth Kostova, Read by Treat Williams

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  • Publisher: Sphere
  • Format: Paperback | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 42mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0751541427
  • ISBN 13: 9780751541427
  • Sales rank: 9,018

Product description

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life - solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. Desperate to understand the secret that torments this genius, Marlowe embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy; from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love. The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve hope.

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Author information

Elizabeth Kostova graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress for The Historian.

Customer reviews

By Nicola Markus 27 Aug 2010 5

Having enjoyed Kostova's previous novel, "The Historian", I was very keen to read "The Swan Thieves" and it didn't disappoint.

Once again Kostova has weaved an intriguing story that really captures the reader's imagination. The short chapters make it easy to dip into and enjoy the book throughout the day without needing to set aside hours for reading time; great for those with a busy lifestyle who are always on the move.

Her writing style in this novel is fluid, light and full of life, perfectly reflecting the Impressionist movement, which is so central to the storyline.

Like "The Historian", the background to the story has been well researched and the true elements add depth to the fiction, making it all the more believable and gripping.

Her characters are well rounded and engaging and from the first page you are interested in their lives and what will happen to them. I liked the use of multiple storytellers as it gives the reader the chance to hear things from the point of view of different characters at different times and see how they all come together.

An excellent novel that I would recommend to anyone and everyone!